Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau


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  1. Linguist

    Linguist said, over 3 years ago

    Self-production in today’s music business. Bound to make the artist tons of money – NOT !

  2. Linguist

    Linguist said, over 3 years ago

    Either way, the artist is screwed !
    People don’t think that they should have to pay for their music. They think downloads and file sharing should be free.

  3. Knightwork

    Knightwork said, over 3 years ago

    @LInguist – check out Amanda Palmer. Did a kickstarter which was very successful.

  4. Coyoty

    Coyoty GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    The strip has established the girl has real musical talent. Sherm might be in some legal trouble if he’s not telling his clients he can’t produce their albums without additional funding, though.

  5. Coyoty

    Coyoty GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Luis C.K. is making a lot more money from self-publishing without worrying about piracy than if he went through any labels and DMCA protections. His work is pirated, but he doesn’t worry about it. He’s finding that people are willing to pay more for premiums and better-quality recordings they can’t get through ripoffs.

  6. esmeyny

    esmeyny said, over 3 years ago

    Mozart is a bad example. He earned a lot of money. And spent it. He had a “pauper burial” only because the emperor at the time legislated against “irrational” spending of resources on funerals.

  7. roctor

    roctor said, over 3 years ago

    Some think this cartoon is free.

  8. montessoriteacher

    montessoriteacher said, over 3 years ago

    The Beatles are a bad example too. I would love to have as much $ as a Beatle!

  9. puddleglum1066

    puddleglum1066 said, over 3 years ago

    There is a thriving middle-range in the music biz, where artists create and produce the recordings without the help of the music industry (it’s amazing what you can do with a “home” computer), market directly to customers over the internet, and earn a decent living. No, they don’t get rich, or famous enough to be mentioned on TMZ, but they do support themselves and their families in a comfortable middle-class lifestyle. Which may be a lot better than the big-business music scene, where something over 90 percent of the albums recorded never make enough money to cover the record-company expenses (production, promotion, cocaine for the executives, etc.) and therefore never pay any royalties to artists.

  10. montessoriteacher

    montessoriteacher said, over 3 years ago

    I see a conflict brewing on the horizon between a new mom and a babysitter…

  11. John Pike

    John Pike said, over 3 years ago


    Ah, foresight. That is something the rest of us missed. How do you do it?

  12. J. Short

    J. Short GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Allison Krauss and Yo Yo Ma do a version of Slumber My Darling that will touch you. Have your tissues ready.

  13. Nos Nevets

    Nos Nevets said, over 3 years ago

    Joke already done in Portlandia.

  14. Linguist

    Linguist said, over 3 years ago

    Thats not true. I know a lot of people who are into music, they all pay for it. Including me.
    How old are you ? The age demographic makes a huge difference in the attitudes about free downloading, file sharing, pirating vrs. paying.
    While not a particular " collector", I often purchase a CD directly from an entertainer that I’ve seen " live" – especially, if I have enjoyed their performance – because I know that the profit is going directly to them.

  15. Caligulla

    Caligulla said, over 3 years ago


    You know I’ve NEVER understood what is meant by “producing” albums in the internet age. Let’s see, you need a recording studio, . . check, and an internet connection, check, and be able to actually perform. What part of that requires a producer? Or by Producer do you mean Pimp?

    You know, “contributing” by taking out pointless advertisements that do far less to contribute to sales than word of mouth. Or do you mean pressuring Radio stations to play singles. e.g. like the Mob convincing local vendors to buy from their suppliers, it’s probably covered by RICO. Or do you mean buying all sorts of transitory things for the artist to make him feel he’s earning when in fact you’re “crediting” the amount he spends again “future” earnings, never mind where the box for the night is going.

    Today artists need Producers like Hotels need bedbugs.

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